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A feast of films

Deepavali is round the corner and the Tamil tinseldom is ready with new releases. S. R. ASHOK KUMAR takes a look at the variety fare

All set for the grand entry... ``Alavanthan".

AS MANY as seven films are awaiting release on Deepavali day, this year. For director K. Balachander it will be a significant year with the release of his 100th film in which Kamal Haasan is making a guest appearance. For the first time, Madhavan is paired with Simran.

A song has been shot in a picturesque locale of Malaysia. These are some of the highlights of Kavithalaya's "Parthale Paravasam". ``This is not a teenage romance story. This tale also has love between two adults, their feelings and the way they handle emotions. It will be a KB film and one can expect a powerful story with enjoyable elements in it," says Balachander.

The other stars are Sneha, Manivannan, Ragavendra, Lawrence, Vadivukkarasi, Vivek, V. M. C. Hanifa and Charlie. A. R. Rahman has scored the music, camera has been handled by A.Venkatesh, lyrics are written by Vaale and Vairamuthu, dances are choreographed by Lawrence, editing is by Suresh Ars and the film has been produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy. Story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are by K. Balachander.

The much awaited film of the year is ``Alavanthan'' in which Kamal Haasan is playing a dual role. He is paired with Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala. The second half is said to be especially interesting and the climax gripping. The fight sequence featuring both Kamals is the highlight of the film directed by Suresh Krishna.

The special effects and some of the fighting scenes are said to be in the Hollywood style. According to producer Thanu, it is a powerful family drama which will certainly be remembered by the cine goers for a long time. Story, screenplay and dialogue are by Kamal Haasan, songs are tuned by Shanker Ehsaan-Loy, background score is by Mahesh, lyrics are penned by Vairamuthu, stunts are by Vikram Dharma and Grand Page, computer graphics is by Cutting Edge from Australia. The cast includes Sarath Babu, Fathima Babu, Vikram Gokhale and G. S. Mani. In Hindi, the film is titled, ``Abhay".

The other double role film is G. J. Cinema's ``Thavasi". The conflict between a father and son, played by Vijayakanth is the crux of the story. The introduction of the father character has been done through a song shot with 12 cameras in Kumbakonam with 1,000 junior artists.

" Expect a powerful storyline", says the director ... "Parthale Paravasam".

The scene includes folk dances like dummy horse, Karagattam and Silambattam. For the first time, Soundarya is paired with the young Vijayakanth. The father character has Jayasudha as his partner. G.V., popular star of the Telugu films, is acting as the villain. Story is by Chinni Krishna, music is scored by Vidyasagar, lyrics are penned by Palani Bharathi, Kabilan and Pa.Vijai, dances are choreographed by Kala and Rekha Prakash, stunts are by Super Subbarayan, editing is by B. S.Vasu Saleem, cinematography is by S. Ka. Bhupathy. The film is produced by V. Gnanavel and V. Jayaprakash. Screenplay, dialogue and direction are by Udaya Shanker.

After a super hit of his first directorial venture``Sethu", director Bala's second film Aparajeeth``Nandhaa'' has raised great expectations.

The story is based on an extremist and his lady love. His affection for his mother also plays an important role. Soorya is the extremist and his father is Rajkiran. Actor Saravan is doing an important character in the movie. Karunas, Laila, Rajashri and Jeeva are the other artists. The story line is strong and Bala is sure to have extracted good work from his artistes.

Art is taken care of by Ramachandran, music by Yuvan Shanker Raja, editing by Suresh Ars and stunt by Siva. Joint Producer is Kesavan Kutty. The film has been produced by Ganesh Ragu, Karthik Radhakrishnan, Venki Narayanan and Rajan Radhakrishnan. Story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are by Bala.

They not only love each other but also try and unite lovers who are in trouble. This is the basic story line for Supergood Films' ``Shajahan". Vijai and Richa make the lead pair. Other artistes include `Nizhalgal' Ravi, Meena, Krishna, Kovai Sarala, Devan, Sasi, Pandu, Balaji and Chaplin Balu.

The film has grandeur and some eye catching visuals. Arthur Wilson has handled the camera, Mani Sarma has scored the music, Vairamuthu has penned the lyrics, Prabhakaran has done the art work and Prasanna Kumar has written the dialogue. R. B. Chowdry has produced the film and Ravi has taken care of the story, screenplay and direction.

Who will Prabhu Deva marry? A girl who is mentally disturbed by him or a girl who is physically harmed by him ! The knot is unravelled in an interesting way in KRG Movies International ``Manathai Thirudivittai".

The two heroines are Gayathri Jayaram and Kousalya. Vivek, Vadivelu, Rajeev, Fathima Babu, Pandu, Ranjith, Kaka Radhakrishan, Santhi Williams and Sriman are the other artistes.

Camera is handled by Raghunatha Reddy, music is scored by Yuvan Shanker Raja, editing is done by B. Lenin V. T. Vijayan, dialogue is written by Prasanna Kumar. Story, screenplay and direction are by Narayana Murthy. The film is produced by KRG.

A person can change his religion but not his caste. The hero of this film changes his caste twice. After some years he came to be called Sivaraman, but he was in a different cast.

To know how is this possible one must see KDK Films' ``Andaan Adimai" has Sathyaraj, Manivannan, Ranjith, `Nizhalgal' Ravi, Chandrasekar, Prathap Chandran, Kamala Kamesh, Kalairani, `Thalaivasal' Vijai, Suvalakshmi and Divya Unni as the main players.

Shanker has cranked the camera. V. Kalai is in charge of art, Ilaiyaraaja has scored the music and Venkateswararao takes on the editing. The film is produced by K. Dadakhan and Manivannan takes the credit for the story, screenplay, dialogue and direction.

"Kaatrukenna Veli" and "Ammaiyappa" are two other films that are expected to be released for this Deepavali.

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